AeroTEC, WSDOT partner to conduct UAS survey at Washington State airports

Seattle-based AeroTEC, an aerospace testing, engineering and certification services provider, has announced the completion of proof-of-concept UAS surveys at two Washington state airports in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation Division, the company said.

AThe aerial surveys, which took place at Sunnyside Municipal Airport (1S5) and Prosser Airport (S40), were designed to assess the use of photogrammetry to evaluate runway obstacles. This is the first time the technique has been used for WSDOT Aviation´s 5010 airport inspections.

AeroTEC´s Part 107 pilots flew an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to capture a series of images used to create virtual models of the airports. By utilizing this UAS-enabled photogrammetry technology, AeroTEC was able to provide WSDOT a runway obstacle report at a far higher degree of accuracy and lower cost than traditional methods.

AeroTEC develops, tests and certifies new aerospace products using innovative and scalable development, test and certification techniques to help large and small aerospace companies bring their products to market.

The Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division (WSDOT) has general supervision over aeronautics within this state to encourage, foster, and assist in the development of aeronautics and the state´s aviation system to support sustainable communities and statewide economic vitality.